Tree Of The Year
19 Monday Aug 2013
Written by Mark in Icelandic
The tree of the year has been chosen in Iceland, and it is a 17-meter high poplar from the garden at Freyshólar 🙂 It was planted 50 years ago by twin brothers who worked in the forestry service for just as long. The pair celebrated their 80th birthdays along with the reception of the award for their tree.
Alaskaösp valin tré ársins
Poplar chosen tree of the year
Sautján metra há alaskaösp var í dag útnefnd tré ársins. Öspin er í garðinum á Freyshólum á Völlum á Fljótsdalshéraði.
A seventeen meter high poplar was named tree of the year today. The poplar is in the garden at Freyshólar in Vellir, Fljótsdalshérað.
It took some digging to track down exactly which tree the article was talking about. Alaskaösp led me to Populus trichocarpa, and the article on the Skógræktarfélag Íslands page gave the exact species, Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa. I decided to just call it a poplar 🙂
|ösp (f) – aspen, poplar|
The adjective valinn comes from the verb velja:
It’s sometimes hard to figure out exactly where the place is that is being discussed. In this article the location of the tree is á Freyshólum á Völlum á Fljótsdalshéraði. As best I can tell, Freyshólar is actually a farm. It is located in Vellir, the name of a district (sveit) in Fljótsdalshérað, a municipality (sveitarfélag) in eastern Iceland.
Tvíburabræðurnir Baldur og Bragi Jónssynir frá Freyshólum gróðursettu tréð fyrir 50 árum og var útnefningin í dag tileinkuð áttræðisafmæli bræðranna, en skógurinn fyrir ofan Freyshóla er verk þeirra bræðra. Öspin er nú tæpir tveir metrar að ummáli.
Twin brothers Baldur and Bragi Jónsson from Freyshólar planted the tree 50 years ago and the award today was dedicated on the brothers’ 80th birthday; the woods over Freyshólar are a product of the brothers’ work. The poplar is now nearly two meters in circumference.
tví·buri is the word for twin – here it forms a compound with brothers. I imagine twin sisters would be tvíburasysturnar. Triplet would be þrí·buri…not sure how to continue the progression 🙂
Þeir hófu störf hjá Skógrækt ríkisins á Hallormsstað tvítugir að aldri og störfuðu þar samfleytt í 50 ár, til ársins 2003. Það er Skógræktarfélag Íslands sem stendur að útnefningu á tré ársins.
They began work at the Icelandic Forestry Service in Hallormsstaður at the age of 20, and worked there for 50 consecutive years until 2003. It is Skógræktarfélag Íslands which designates the tree of the year.
ösp (f) aspen, poplar valinn adj chosen, selected út·nefna v appoint út·nefning (f) appointment gróður·setja v plant til·einka v attribute, dedicate átt·ræður adj 80 year old um·mál (n) circumference sam·fleyttur adj uninterrupted standa að e-u be behind sth